Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Slacktone - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkNow, this is a great DAT/cassette destined to become a great CD! The sound of this band is decidedly aggressive, and the writing is quite melodic. There are three guys in the band, Dave Wronski - guitar (also with Jon & the Nightriders), Mike Sullivan - bass (currently also in Agent Orange), and Dusty Watson - drums (Jon & the Nightriders & Agent Orange). This lies somewhere between what Agent Orange is currently doing instrumentally, and what Jon &b the Nightriders are doing... in other words, it oozes energy and punch! Very full sound for a trio. Watch for big things from these guys. Slacktone are a band to watch!
Picks: PCH, Skateboard Commando, Mysterioso, Goldfinger, Reflections: Life or Lemming, Rosarito 3-Day, Nocturne, The Outsider, The Bells Of St. Kahuna, Chaos, Lift and Separate, Hit Man, Skeleton Key, Gung Ho For Don Ho

Track by Track Review

PCH dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly Twango (Instrumental)

Surfabilly skate thrash twang at 90 miles per hour. A really cool fifties progression for the nineties. It's not the decade of style origin, it's what you do with it! Very happy and infectious.

Skateboard Commando dotdotdotdot
Curbshootin' Speed Surf (Instrumental)

Shootin' the curb at 45 mph into oncoming pedestrians with badges... oops! Infectious melody line and great drums.

Mysterioso dotdotdotdot
Jazzy Spy Surf (Instrumental)

What a chunky intro and what a jazzy harmonic transition! Spy-like, ominous, and gorgeous too!

Goldfinger dotdotdotdot
Slithering Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Almost lap steel delivery in slow slithering beauty. A great rendition of the most familiar of all spy themes.

Reflections: Life or Lemming dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Is the title the ultimate question, or what? Funky twangorama. Dave musta been a jazz player in his other childhood. Gentle tune with extraordinary beauty.

Rosarito 3-Day dotdotdotdot
MexiSurf (Instrumental)

Mexican flavored with a real sense of cruisin' down the road South of the border for fishing and tequila sunrises.

Nocturne dotdotdotdot
Midnight Mystery Surf (Instrumental)

Mysterious sensuous extreme slowness and beauty. Guys who can play this delicately usually can't play fast and furious, and vice versa. Gorgeous tune.

The Outsider dotdotdot
Traveling Surf (Instrumental)

A traveling tune with an intricate melody line accented by glissandoes on both guitar and drums with a sped up break.

The Bells Of St. Kahuna dotdotdotdot
Ripping Surf (Instrumental)

Ringing notes mislead you into a shreddin' track with rippin' glissandoes and pounding drums. The glissandoes down get much faster than this!

Chaos dotdotdot
Whammy Dip Unique Surf (Instrumental)

Odd chords and chunky sound with rounded notes and whammy-dip accents. A cool tune with unusual changes.

Lift and Separate dotdotdotdotdot
Urgent Surf (Instrumental)

The title says it all! A wonderful number with a huge sound. Low, growly and urgent. What character this song has. Most unusual!

Hit Man dotdotdotdot
Speedster Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Dave and Dusty did this with Jon and the Nightriders, and Dusty does it with Agent Orange, but there is not better version than this. It's blazing! A Euro styled melody on a surf platform played with intensity.

Skeleton Key dotdotdotdot
Jazz Funk Surf (Instrumental)

"Church Key" jazz funk. Another unique song that is really nice. Choppy smoothness. Wow

Gung Ho For Don Ho dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hawaiian Little Grass Shack number that would be hokey if it wasn't so damn cool. Amazing. Much the same character as the Impacts' Sea Horse, but smoother.